Group Lead: Canada
The purpose of the Digital Nations Artificial Intelligence Thematic Group (AITG) is to promote learning and responsible innovation with respect to the design, development and use of AI systems in the public sector, including through knowledge exchange and collaboration among group members.
In pursuing this goal, the AITG is guided by the “Shared Approach for the Responsible Use of AI by Governments”, which was endorsed by the Digital Nations at the 2018 Ministerial Summit.
_ 2023 Objectives
Under Canada’s leadership, the group aims to:
Ensure that the Digital Nations’ Shared Approach to AI is aligned with relevant international frameworks and reflects member countries’ values and interests;
Foster dialogue among member countries on domestic AI governance arrangements; and
Strengthen practical collaboration on AI governance among member countries.
Each objective shall be advanced through the following group initiatives.
Activity 1.1: Examine and revise the Shared Approach, drawing on the current state of its uptake and implementation within member governments as well as relevant international frameworks and processes.
Activity 1.2: Support dissemination and implementation of the revised Shared Approach following endorsement at the 2023 Ministerial Summit.
Activity 2.1: Hold country presentations on domestic AI governance arrangements (e.g., impact assessments, ethical frameworks, laws, policies, strategies).
Activity 2.2: Host a roundtable to showcase approaches to automation within member governments.
Activity 3.1: Develop and pilot an adaptable impact assessment for AI, drawing on an examination of existing impact assessment tools (e.g., algorithmic impact assessments, human rights impact assessments, privacy impact assessments).
Shared Approach to the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence in Government
Governments have a unique opportunity to take advantage of the possibilities that AI technologies offer to advance domestic and international social, economic, and environmental goals.
Given the potential benefits and risks, we believe that the design, development, and use of AI should be guided by core principles of transparency, accountability, and fairness, and grounded in fundamental values of human dignity and autonomy.
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Digital Nations podcast miniseries. Episode 1
In this first episode of the Digital Nations podcast miniseries, Natalia Domagala, chair of the Artificial Intelligence working group, and Omar Bitar, Policy Advisor at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in the Government of Canada, chat with Jordan Storozuk, Digital Nations Secretariat, and Dr. Tanya Filer, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, to discuss Digital Nations and International Digital Cooperation.
Digital Nations podcast miniseries. Episode 2
In the second episode of the Digital Nations podcast miniseries, Natalia Domagala, chair of the Artificial Intelligence working group, and Omar Bitar, Policy Advisor at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in the Government of Canada, are joined by Sam Roberts, Head of Open Data and Open Government of the UK Cabinet Office, and Laura Rodriguez, CTO of the Digital Government Agency in Uruguay.
Supporting an innovative and responsible use of AI in the public sector has been a priority for the Digital Nations countries and their commitment has been demonstrated through the development of the ‘Shared Approach for the Responsible Use of AI by Governments’ adopted in November 2018